Innovation Maritime to develop recyclable boat

Innovation Maritime has been awarded $200,000 for their design of a recyclable boat.

Innovation Maritime is a not-for-profit organization in Rimouski, Quebec, which aims to develop solutions through research, technical, assistance and information distribution. It is a research centre affiliated with the Institut maritime du Qu├ębec (IMQ), part of Rimouski College.

Innovation Maritime previously received $299,494 for its study on fibreglass boat recycling and the performance of recyclable materials for boat design.

The goal of the project is to replace as many of the components of the hull and deck as possible with more eco-friendly parts, and to develop a method to make dismantling the boat easier. A complete and functional prototype will be developed and tested.

“The choice of materials and assembly methods for composite boats bring certain challenges when dismantling and sorting materials,” said Sylvain Lafrance, director general of Innovation Maritime.

“This project will identify new solutions and test them in a real-world setting. Canadian companies will be able to use these innovative techniques to build more environmentally friendly boats and thus alleviate, for future generations, the burden of disposing of boats at the end of their life cycle.”

“We’re proud to partner with Innovation Maritime to design vessels, which are easier to recycle and are better for the environment going forward,” said Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard .

“Finding solutions that will keep our oceans healthier and our ocean industries more sustainable is critical.”

Since the launch of the Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been introduced and implemented in the areas of marine safety, research, and ecosystem protection that span coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program is providing $6.85 million for abandoned boats assessments, removal and disposal, and for research and education initiatives. Since May 31, 2017, under the program, Transport Canada has launched six calls for proposals for projects to be funded through grants and contributions.

The Education, Awareness, and Research Component ($1.25 million for five years) funds public projects aimed at raising awareness about boat owner responsibility, including proper end-of-life management practices. It also funds research to advance boat recycling and environmentally responsible boat design and construction.